CHELSEA v Southampton: Preview

Venue: Stamford Bridge
Date: Sunday, 15 March
Kick-off: 13:30 GMT

So, if we can behave ourselves for 90 minutes and stop upsetting Carragher and co by remonstrating with these fine upstanding figures who clearly don’t need to do their job well, then we have a bit of a game today.
After a pretty woeful exit from Europe midweek, it’s back home today with Southampton visiting after their little jaunt in the Alps. The Saints come into today’s game no doubt refreshed and off the back of a win against Palace last time out, although they’d not been at their best themselves before that game.
We meanwhile, come into today’s early game after a two hour slog against PSG on Wednesday that ended in a draw and a miserable trip home.
Not exactly the best preparation we could have had.

MANAGERS’ VIEWS
Going into today’s game, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says “Since the beginning [of the season], I was thinking that they are a very good team. Can they finish fourth? That’s a different story. I don’t know. But they are dangerous. We are winning lots of these kinds of matches. We won at Palace, we won at Villa, we won at West Ham, we won at Stoke. We won lots of these difficult matches. We can cope with them.”
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman meanwhile, says “I don’t know when it’s a good time to face them. It’s always a difficult time. It’s a big team, a strong team with some great players and of course they are very disappointed after the last Wednesday result. If you play 60 minutes against 10 players, you don’t expect that final result and maybe a little bit more under pressure. They fight after the League Cup title and after that, not the most important one, they fight for the title. They need a win after a disappointing result but they will give a reaction you normally expect as a manager.”

SQUAD NEWS
For Chelsea, John Obi Mikel (knee) remains out although Nemanja Matic is fit despite a knock against PSG.
For Southampton, Jay Rodriguez and Emmanuel Mayuka are injured. Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) is fit to start.

TEAMS
CHELSEA (Possible line-up): Courtois – Zouma – Terry – Azpilicueta – Ivanovic – Fabregas – Matic – Hazard – Oscar – Cuadrado – Costa
SOUTHAMPTON (Possible line-up): Forster – Alderweireld – Fonte – Bertrand – Clyne – Schneiderlin – Wanyama – Mane – Elia – Tadic – Pelle.

LAST SEASON
Chelsea 3-1 Southampton (1 December 2013)

OTHER STUFF
■Chelsea have lost just1 from11 against Southampton in the Premier League
■Chelsea have scored in each of the last 9 league games against Southampton
■Chelsea are unbeaten in 14 at home in the league
■Southampton haven’t won in their last five at Stamford Bridge
■Southampton have taken 7 points from a possible 27 against the top six in the league
■Southampton have conceded just 10 away goals in the league goals

PREDICTION
After a game where we looked like we’d struggle to win an argument, Jose Mourinho declared we’d win the league. It might have been bravado but it certainly had an instant impact on City who dropped more points yesterday. Will it have the desired impact on our players though – or will it be the kiss of death? The boss will have to take the reins off if we’re going to make our first game in hand count.

One Response to “CHELSEA v Southampton: Preview”

  1. Chelsea might lose this game